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LLINOIS MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE ACADEMY 



r^llVlSA ^ Pioneering Educational Commimity 



Volume 13 No. 1 • Fall-Winter 1998-99 



IMSA Great Minds Program Hits the Ground Running 

students and Staff Rub Shoulders with Renowned Scholars 



"-i -' o "bring the best minds in the 

[_ world to IMSA," the Illinois 
Mathematics and Science Academy 
laimched its Green Minds Program in 
the Fall of 1998. Leading the program 
is Nobel Lanreate Dn Leon Ledennan. 
a "founding father of IMSA." 

This story is the first in a series to 
appear in upcoming NOVAs. charting 
the development of the program and its 
impact on IMSA students and staff, and 
other students and teachers in Illinois. 

The IMSA Great Minds Program, 
although only a few months old. already 
has brought additional Nobel Laureates 
to meet with students and staff to 




discuss topics such as particle physics, 
holography, and social and political 
problems confronting humanity. 

Early visiting scholars included 
Dr. Jan Visser of the UNESCO Learning 
Without Frontiers Program. Nobel 
Laureate and physicist Dr. Jack 
Steinberger. and Dr. Tung H. Jeong. 
professor and director of the Center 
for Photonics Studies at Lake Forest 
College. In addition. Resident Scholar 
Dr. Ledennan presented four seminars 
to IMSA students on topics such as 
How Science Works and the Histoiy 
of Physics. 

These seminars for IMSA students, 
staff and invited guests are only one 
component of the Great Minds Program. 
Soon the program will serve other 
students and teachers from throughout 
the state, as well as the general public. 

"Beginning in February. IMSA will 
kick off the Great Minds Dialogue Series 
for students and educators throughout 

inois to engage in discussion with 
world-renowned experts in such areas 
as cancer research, genetics and science 
education." said Dr. Judith Scheppler, 
IMSA coordinator of student inquiry. 



Dr. Tung H. Jeong. IMSA 
Visitiiifi Scluilar. Professor 
and Director of the Center 
for Photonics Studies, Lake 
Forest Collei;e (far left), and 
Dr. Jack Steinberger, IMSA 
Visiting Scliotur Nol)el 
Laureate, Senior Scientist. 
CERN Switzerland 



Great Minds to 
Visit in 1999 

In its inaugural year. 
there are three primary 
components to the 
IMSA Great Minds 
Program: 

> Great Minds 
Dialogues for 

Illinois educators 
and students 

Great Minds 
Seminars for 

IMSA students, 
staff and invited 
quests 



Great Minds Community Lectures 

for the general public 

The events on page 3 are planned for 
Winter and Spring of 1999; all will be 
held on the IMSA campus. 

{Continued on page 3) 




SIDE 



Ameritech Teleconference 

to Capitol Hill 6 

Alumni REN Weekend 4 

Great Minds Program Events 3 

Horwitz Lecture on Ethics 5 

National Television Debut 6 

News in Brief 7 

Statewide Service Programs 4 



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BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Chairman 

John H. McEachem Jr. 

President 

Wayne Circuits Incorporated 

Trustees 

Dr. Joseph Cipfl 

Executive Director 

Illinois Community College Board 

Fred Conforli 

President and Chief Executive Officer 

Pittway Systems Technology Group 

Dr. Sherry R. Eagle 

Superintendent 

Aurora West School District #129 

Dr. Forest Etheredge 

Dean 

School of Business and Professional Studies 

Aurora University 

Sheila MB Griffin 
Vice President and Director 
Strategic Marketing Office 
Motorola Incorporated 

Steve Isoye 

Science Department Chairperson 

Highland Park High School 

Dr. Glenn "Max" McGee 

Slate Superintendent 

lUinois State Board of Education 

James D. Pearson 

President 

Aurora Metals Division L.L.C. 

Dr. Marsha R. Rosner 

Professor 

The Ben May Institute for Cancer Research 

The University of Chicago 

Dr. Keith Sanders 
Executive Director 
Illinois Board of Higher Education 

Jesus Manuel Sosa 

Administrator 

Chicago Public Schools. Region One 

Dr. Alfonzo Thurman 
Dean. College of Education 
Northern Illinois University 

Dr. Michael S. Turner 

Department Chairman 

Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics 

The University of Chicago 



President 

Dr. Stephar 



-. Pace Marshall 



NOVA is published three times a year by the 
IMSA Office of Institutional Advancement 
and Public Policy. 

Send comments or questions to: 
Editor and Writer 

Brenda Buschbacher 
brenda@imsa.edu 



From IMSA's 
Resident Scholar 




Dear IMSA Shareholders. 

/ . s the Inaugural Resident Scholar of the new IMSA Great Minds Program, I'd like 
/_— ,_ to share with you some thoughts on ways in which IMSA and its students can help 
further global science education and public understanding of science. 

Amidst the plethora of events celebrating the new millennium, there is the "World 
Conference on Science" (WCS). This conference, to be held in Budapest in June 1999, 
is co-sponsored by UNESCO (United Nations Education. Science and Cultural 
Organization) and by ICSU (International Council of Scientific Unions), two major 
global organizations. The event provides a unique forum at which scientists, political 
decision-makers and others from all over the world, can discuss how science is to 
serve society in the decades to come. 

Because I believe that the WCS could be a tremendous learning opportunity for 
IMSA students, I have proposed that the WCS should listen to students, the future 
scientists of the 21st Century, and have an interactive dialogue with the 20th Century 
scientists who come to Budapest. There are many issues these young scientists 
(Yes, IMSA students!) could raise. They include: 

1 ) 20th Century science was in part driven by military and commercial forces. 
What are the prospects if we shift priorities to the well being of humanity? 

2) What is there left to do? Is there any substance to the "end-of-science" 
pundits who maintain that it is almost all over? 

3) What are the most interesting problems in your field? 

4) What will be the most interesting fields in the next century? 

5) How can we use the international traditions of science to insure that the 
applications of science are wise, ethical and moral? 

6) How could you have allowed the mismanagement of science which produced 
environmental degradation, pollution, climate change, natural resource 
depletion, and bio-diversity calamity on such a global scale? 

One could imagine a very lively and thought-provoking panel discussion along 
these lines. WCS, in response, organized an "International Forum of Young Scientists." 
I hope to take several IMSA students to Budapest. This would be a great component 
of the Great Minds Program! 

As a forerunner, the Chicago Historical Society is putfing on a similar panel, 
but more closely focused on the history of science in Chicago. This takes place in 
January and IMSA students are participating. 

Thank you for your support of IMSA and our efforts to help improve public 
understanding of science. 

Sincerely. 





Leon M. Lederman 

Resident Scholar, 

IMSA Great Minds Program 



1999 Great Minds Proqram Caland« 



January 11 



Great Minds Seminars-/^/- /M5/l students, staff and invited i^uests 

What Is Theoretical Physics? 4: 15-6:00 p.m. 



January 28 



The Impossible Takes a Little Longer 3:00-4:30 p.m. 



February 1 



The Golden Age of Cosmology 4: 1 5-6:00 p.m. 



February 15 
March 15 
May 10 



Great Minds Dialogues- for Illinois educators and students 

Stories of a Scientist 



10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. 



Science and Society: Real World 
Issues for Students and Teachers 
(Focus on Genetics) 



Physics First? Redesigning the 
Science Curriculum for High Schools 

Great Minds Community Lectures- /o; the general public 

The God Particle 

From Quark Soup to IMSA 



*10:30a.m.-4:00p.m. 

* note: litis time 
also includes 
an afternoon 
hands-on 
workshop 



10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 



7:00-8:30 p.m. 
7:00-8:30 p.m. 



For more information on a particular event, contact Dr. Scheppler at (630) 907-5053 or email greatmindsCs imsa.edu. 



IMSA Great Minds (continued from page 1) 

Great Minds Science 
Biography Project 

In addition to the seminars, dialogues 
and lectures, a multi-year project. Great 
Minds Science Biography Project: 
Milestones in 20th Century Science, will 
allow 12 students from IMSA and area 
high schools to work with Dr. Lederman 



in a shared research project to document 
important breakthroughs in 20th Century 
science. 

Their work will culminate in a book 
for middle school students written by 
IMSA students and Dr Lederman. 
profiling 12-15 key scientists who 
significantly influenced life on the planet. 



In the next few months, IMSA 
students also will attend and present at 
annual national science conferences 
including the American Association 
for the Advancement of Science in 
California and the American Educational 
Research Association in Montreal. 



MSA FUND BOARD OF DIRECTORS 


Chairman 


President 


James R, Thompson 


Michael J. Birck 


Chairman of the 


President and CEO 


Executive Committee 


Tellabs. Inc. 


Winston & Strawn 






Vice President 


Vice President 


William J. White 


Robert Malott 


Professor 


Retired Chairman 


Northwestern University 


FMC Corporation 






Secretary /Treasurer 




Susan S. Schanlaber 




President 




The Landmark Group. Inc. 


Directors 


Sandra Harden Austin 


Gordon R. Lohman 


Private Consultant 


Chairman and CEO 




Amsted Industries, Inc. 


G. Carl Ball 




President 


Richard Lumpkin 


Ball Foundation 


Chairman and CEO 




ConsoHdated 


Sterling M. Burke 


Communications. Inc. 


Human Capital 




Development Manager 


Robert M. Malchione 


IBM - Midwestern Area 


Vice President 




The Boston Consulting 


G. Thomas Castino 


Group. Inc. 


President and CEO 




Underwriters Laboratories. 


Timothy McCormick 


Inc. 


Vice President 




Fanner's Slate Bank 


Dr. Floyd Enghsh 


of Emden 


President and CEO 




Andrew Corporation 


Donald E. Nordlund 




Retired Chairman and CEO 


Larry Flynn 


Staley Continental, Inc. 


Major Accounts Vice 




President 


Andrew M. Oh 


Nortel 


Research Analyst 




Stifcl. Nicolaus and Co. 


Peter Fox 




Senior Managing Director 


James D. Pearson 


Bear Steams and Company 


President 




Aurora Metals Division 


Dr. Phihp Francis 


L,L,C. 


President 




Mascon Management 


Wharton B. -'Zie" Rivers 


Consulting 


President 




Ameritech Network 


Dave Geary 


Sen' ices 


Regional Vice President 
Lucent Technologies 


James T Schaefer 
Real Estate Consultant 


Joanne Hansen 




President 


Honey Jacobs Skinner 


Furnas Foundation. Inc. 


Partner 




Sidley & Austin 


Leon Jackson 
President 


William A. VanSanten 


Multi-Fac Corporation 


Partner 

Wood. Phillips. VanSanten, 


James Lancaster 


Clark and Mortimer 


Retired Executive 




Vice President 


Linda Anderson* 


First Chicago NBD Corp. 


Civic Leader 


Steven H. Lesnik 


Roger E. Anderson* 


CEO 

Kemper Lesnik 
Organization 


Retired Chairman and CEO 


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Chicago 


Vice President for Institutional Advancement 


CEO, IMSA Fund 




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REN Weekend Broadens 
IMSA Community's Horizons 

By l\/lichael Peil '90, IMSA Alumni Association President 



"—I — he inaugural IMSA Alumni 

L Association REN Weekend event 
was held January 8-9. 1999 at IMSA. 
What is REN Weekend? REN Weekend 
is a gathering of alumni, faculty, staff, 
students, parents, board members and 
others, organized into group discussions, 
panel presentations, and other formats, 
for the thoughtful consideration of 
pressing issues of the day. 

Everyone who attended was assigned 
to one or more panels, and attended and 
participated in presentations when not 
actually serving on panels. 

About 30 faculty, staff, alumni and 
others attended a successful "dry run" 
in August, with panel topics ranging 
from the Future of the Internet to 
International Terrorism to The 
Last Good Book I Read. 

The January REN Weekend brought 
together a much larger group of the 
EMSA community, including a number of 



current IMSA students, parents (past and 
present) and friends of the Academy. The 
goal of the weekend was to foster discus- 
sion and consideration of a wide variety 
of topics, and perhaps "shed more light 
than heat" on important current issues. 

The weekend began Friday night at 
7:00 p.m. with registration, a dessert 
reception and a welcome session. REN 
continued Saturday with a continental 
breakfast and morning sessions, a 
luncheon and afternoon sessions and 
concluded with a community dinner. 

The REN event was held in conjunc- 
tion with IMSA"s Intersession, the first 
week of the second semester. Some 
alumni came back to the Academy to 
teach Intersession courses. Our hope is 
that the REN weekend grows in numbers 
and helps to bring the IMSA community 
even closer together. 

Michael Peil. '90 works for the 
Chicago law firm of Altheimer & Gray 



liViSA Schedules Summer 
Service Programs 



This summer, the Illinois Mathematics 
and Science Academy once again will fill 
its classrooms and corridors with students 
and teachers from throughout Illinois. 

Calendar of IMSA Summer 
Service Programs 



June 14-18 
June 21-25 



Session I 
Session II 



Science Explorers 

4-6th grade students from the Fox Valley 
will study a different science topic every 
day. The sessions are taught by IMSA 
students with assistance from IMSA 
faculty and alumni, as well as "resident 
scientists" from the Chicagoland area. 

July 19-22 
Summer Sleuths 

middle school students from the 
Fo.\ Valley will be introduced to 
problem-based learning 



July 12-23 

Illinois Problem-Based Learning 

Network Summer Institute 

professional development for teachers 
new to problem-based learning — 
teachers will implement a problem-based 
learning experience with students 

August 1-5 

Harris Institute for Introduction 

to Problem-Based Learning 

to be held in Lisle 

For more information on these or 
other statewide service initiatives, call 
the Center for the Advancement and 
Renewal of Learning and Teaching in 
Mathematics, Science and Technology 
at (630) 907-5956. 



Stedman Graham Presents Horwitz Lecture on Ethics 



I ~ he lecture series is lielil in 
L- niemoiy of Aiironin Rieli 
Horwitz. MSA's first legal counsel, 
who died in August 1990. Lectures 
are presented by prominent leaders 
in education, government and the 
private sector 




IMSA stiulfius Diliiii Fcnniinlo. Lorcrtii Kcllx. , 
with Mr. Graham at a reception followiiii; hi.s I, 



Well-published author and business- 
man Stedman Graham outlined his steps 
to success during the seventh annual 
Richard L. Horwitz Lecture on Ethics 
held at IMSA October 20. 

Graham, chairman and chief executive 
officer of the management and marketing 
consulting firm of S. Graham & 
Associates (SGA). presented You Can 
Make It Happen to IMSA faculty, 
staff, alumni and seniors, and friends 
and family of Rich Horwitz. 

Graham is founder and executive 
director of Athletes Against Drugs 
(A AD), a non-profit organization of 
athletes and other civic leaders commit- 
ted to deterring substance use. advancing 
education, and developing leadership in 
youth. Graham also serves on several 
charitable boards including the National 
Urban League and the National Board 
of Directors for Junior Achievement. 

His books You Can Make It Happen 
( 1997) and You Can Make It Happen 



Everyday ( 1998) detail Graham's philos- 
ophy in a nine-step process for personal 
and professional growth and leadership 
development. During his lecture. Graham 
reviewed the steps including: Check 
Your ID (know yourself); Create a 
Vision (your life's destination); Develop 
a Travel Plan 
( prepare for the 
future); Master the 
Rules of the Road 
(your guiding 
principles); Step 
Into the Outer 
Limits (overcome 
your fears and 
don't be afraid to 
take risks); Pilot 
the Seasons of 
Change (be 
flexible); Build 
Your Dream Team 
(create a support 
team); Win By a 
Decision (make 
good choices) 
and finally. Commit to Your Vision 
(stay focused). 

Senior Ani 
Vallabhaneni 
of Crystal 
Lake asked for 
Graham's definition 
of ethical leadership. ^^ 

Graham replied that ethi- 
cal leadership was consistency 
over time in things such as 
honesty, hard work, and setting 
a good example and that such 
consistency determines a 
person's character. 

Following the lecture, a recep- 
tion was held where Graham spoke 
with students and signed books and 
programs. 

Shaken Aghi. a junior from Glendale 
Heights, contributed to this stoiy. 



nut .lasdit Wiley meet 
.'ctiire. 






The Honritz Lecture is supported 
by the IMSA Fund for Advancement of 
Education, a not-for-profit corporation 
that enlists investments of corporate, 
foundation and individual donors in the 
Academy. These investments support 
curriculum development projects, 
statewide outreach programs, minority 
recruitment programs, laboratoiy equip- 
ment purchases, facility enlumcements. 
special student activities and a pennanent 
endowment. 




IMSA Students Participate in Ameritech's 
Teleconference to Capitol Hill 



MSA students recently talked poli- 
tics with Congressmen on Capitol 
Hill as part of Ameritech's 1998 Senate 
Education Technology Demonstration. 

IMSA was selected as one of 10 
schools in the Midwest to be linked 
with Capitol Hill for this special educa- 
tion and technology event, which was 
orchestrated and broadcast September 9. 
1998. from the Toyota Video Production 
Laboratory on IMSA's campus. 

Using distance learning technology 
provided by Ameritech. Sony and Video 
Images, students and Congressmen 
discussed topics including environmental 
protection, healthcare reform, a mini- 



mum wage increase and the economics 
of professional sports. 

Student panelists (pictured below left 
to right) Ryan Armour of Raymond. 
Sarah Schmidt of Marissa. Janessa 
Stream of Rossville and Angel Anderson 
of Glen EUyn presented the historic, 
economic and scientific review of the 
establishment of national park wilderness 
areas. Ecology teacher John Thompson 
said the event was a wonderful opportu- 
nity for the students. "It required students 
to exam what technology can be used to 
make a presentation that can demonstrate 
their issues clearly and accurately in a 
multimedia format." he said. 




The day-long program sponsored by 
Ameritech celebrates advancements in 
classroom-based technology and high- 
lights the public-private collaborative 
efforts underway to integrate technology 
effectively into teaching and learning. 
Now in its second year, the event is 
endorsed by the National Coalition for 
Technology in Education and Training 
(NCTET). a nonprofit, nonpartisan 
organization founded in 1 992 and dedicated 
to promoting positive uses of technology 
to improve education and training. 

Student Participants 

Name Hometown 

Denise Lorenz Antioch 

Doug Lewandowski Batavia 

Jonathon Frederick Charleston 

Tina Pratl Chicago 

Mike Slew Chicago 

Anna Inton Des Plaines 

Kathy Chen Edwardsviiie 

Angel Anderson Glen Ellyn 

Jon Helm Macomb 

Sarah Schmidt Marissa 

Ryan Armour Raymond 

Janessa Stream Rossville 

Adrian Sauder Tremoni 



Student-Actor Makes National Television Debut 



By Shaleen Aghi, Student Writer 

\\ I \ iguel Marling, on leave from 
J _/ J IMSA as a Rotary Youth 
Exchange student, made his national 
television debut October 18. 1998. on the 
NBC mini-series, A Will of Their Own. 

Marling portrayed a teenage Mexican 
immigrant who. along with other field 
laborers, protested the danger and hard- 
ships of work in the Southern California 
strawben-y fields. The scene was filmed 
last June in Belleville, Illinois, near 
Marlins's hometown of O'Fallon. 



Marling was in the company of some 
of Hollywood's most acclaimed actors 
and actresses including Faye Dunaway, 
Ellen Burstyn, Sonia Braga. Lea 
Thompson and John Shea. 

Marling, the son of Randy and Betty Jo 
Marling of O'Fallon. plans to pursue a 
double major in literature and jazz piano. 

Apart from his studies at IMSA, 
Marling's stage career includes six seasons 
of acting and touring with the Muny 
Theater of St. Louis, Missouri, the largest 



outdoor theater in America. He has been 
acting, singing and modeling since the age 
of nine and also has appeared in television 
commercials and radio advertisements. 

Marling, cunently in Ciudad Victoria, 
Mexico, as a Rotary Exchange student, 
plans to return to IMSA next year. 

Shaleen Aghi, a junior from Glendale 
Heights, is pursuing her Plan of Inquiry 
in communications as an assistant in the 
Office of Institutional Advancement and 
Public Policy. 



E W S 



B R E F 



Class of 2002 Applications 

IMSA is seeking applications for the 
Class of 2002. Talented Illinois students 
enrolled in the equivalent of a ninth 
grade program are eligible to apply. Two 
Visitor Information Program Days (VIP 
Days) will be held at IMSA on January 
30 and February 2 1 for prospective 
students and parents to tour the campus, 
learn more about academic and residen- 
tial programs, and meet with cuiTent 
students and parents. Prospective 
students may contact their home school 
guidance counselor or IMSA at 1-800- 
500-lMSA to receive an application. 
Applications must be postmarked by 
March 1, 1999. 

Tellabs Studio to Open Soon 

Construction of the Tellabs Studio for 
Professional Development is progressing 
nicely, with opening anticipated in 
February 1999. This will be a prototype 
"smart classroom" equipped with the 
infrastructure, hardware and furniture 
needed to give IMSA the flexibility and 
capacity to deliver top quality profes- 
sional development learning experiences 
to Illinois educators. The Studio was 
funded by a grant of $100,000 from 
the Tellabs Foundation. 

IMSA Featured in 
New French Book 

IMSA is featured in the French book. 

Enfants. Chercheurs et 

Citoyens: La 

Main A La 

Pate. (Children. 

Researchers and 

Citizens: Hands 

On) written by 

French Nobel 

Laureate Dr. 

Georges Charpak. 

At the request of 

Dr. Chaipak. a 

consortium of 

French educators 

spent a week at IMSA 

last spring, studying 

science programs. 

visiting classes and 

interacting extensively with IMSA 

faculty. As a result of this intensive 

immersion experience. Dr. Charpak 




and his colleagues published the 
book featuring IMSA and the Teachers 
Academy of Mathematics and Science 
in Chicago. The book is endorsed by the 
French Ministry of Education and is being 
used as a catalyst to stimulate the trans- 
formation of French science programs. 

Chicago Tonight on the Road 

Dr. Stephanie Marshall, president, was a 
panelist on the television show. Cliiciigo 
Tonight on the Road, on November 12. 
Host John Calloway engaged Dr. 
Marshall, three other panelists and 
members of the audience, including staff, 
students and parents from IMSA and 
other Chicagoland schools, in a lively 
discussion about academic competition. 
Speakers from IMSA emphasized the 
importance of collaborative inquiry, 
probiem-fmding. problem-solving and 
service for the world over competition, 
test scores, grade point averages, class 
ranks and individual gain. 

Board Honors 
Rep. Deuchler 

On December 8, the IMSA Board of 
Trustees passed a resolution honoring 
retiring State Representative Suzanne 
Deuchler, in whose district IMSA is 
located, for '"[giving] generously of her 
time, energy and talents to advance the 
legislative charge and mission of the 
Academy on behalf of the People 
of Illinois" and for her "dedication 
and contributions. ..her voice, 
counsel and leadership in the 
42nd District and in Springfield." 

Meeting the Y2K 
Challenge 

A task force led by Matthew 
Wicks, chief information offi- 
cer, has worked diligently for 
some time to address Y2K 
issues. A recent status report 
revealed that the vast major- 
ity of systems at IMSA are 
already Y2K compliant. 
The few systems that are 
not compliant are either 
scheduled for replacement, are under 
contract to be made Y2K compliant, or 
their lack of compliance will not impact 
operations. 



Reccnl examples include: 
IMSA President Dr. Stephanie Pace 
Marshall recently was elected to 
the Board of Directors of the Terra 
Foundation of the Arts in Chicago. 
The Foundation was established by 
Ambassador Daniel Terra to advance 
and promote American Art. The Teira 
Museums are located in Chicago and 
Givemy. France. 

Dr. Ray Dagenais, curriculum and 
assessment leader in science, presented 
TIMSS Impact on Science Education 
at the Illinois Science Teachers 
Association Annual Meeting in 
Rosemont. IL. 
► Mathematics teachers Charles 
Hamberg. Steven Condie, Dr. 
Micah Fogel, Ruth Dover and Susan 
Eddins presented sessions at the 
50th Annual Meeting of the Illinois 
Council of Teachers of Mathematics 
in Springfield. IL. Their colleague 
Dr. Don Porzio presented a workshop, 
TI 92 in the Calculus Classroom. 
at the International Conference 
for Technology and Collegiate 
Mathematics, and a TI-S3 workshop 
for the Ottawa School District in 
LaSalle. IL. 

John Sippy, social science teacher, 
serves on the Social Studies 
Committee of the Illinois State 
Learning Standards. Another social 
science teacher, Bernard Hollister, 
presented problem-based learning situ- 
ations as they can be used in history 
at the Illinois Council for Social 
Studies Conference and at the National 
Council for the Social Studies National 
Convention. He did this using the 
CD-Rom 1919 which he helped 
develop with The Chicago Metro 
History Center. 

Linda Schieike, Chief Operating 
Officer. The Center @ IMSA. 
Dr. Steve Cordogan, coordinator 
of research and evaluation, and 
Dr. Michael Palmisano, vice-presi- 
dent for public policy and service, 
presented sessions at the Annual Fall 
Conference of the Illinois Association 
for Supervision and Curriculum 
Development in Springfield, IL. 



(Continued on hack cover) 



News Briefs (continued from page 7} 



► Registrar Sandi Miller serves as 
the national committee chair for the 
High School Issues Committee of 
the American Association of College 
Registrars and Admissions Officers. 
Dr. David Barr, director of leaming- 
at-a-distance programs, serves on 
the National Educational Technology 
Standards Project leadership team. 
Chief of Security Jim Bondi chairs 



the Community Task Force and 
Illinois Campus Security Act of the 
Illinois Attorney General's Task Force 
on Campus Date Rape and Drugs. 
> John Stark, German teacher, gave 
three presentations at the American 
Council on the Teaching of Foreign 
Language "98 Annual Meeting and 
Exposition. Research Associate 
Jay Thomas presented a research 




IMSA students Julia Tiiompson. Anjali Vijayakiimar and David Ignacio surround fanner 
Vice President Dan Quayle fallowing his speech "Standing Finn." held at Loyola University. 
The event, sponsored by the Young America 's Foundation, was attended by IMSA students 
and other special guests. 



report. Longitudinal Study of Gifted 
Secondary Students, at the Illinois 
Association for Institutional Research 
28th Annual Conference in Findlay. IL. 

Student Achievements 

Recent examples include: 

> Senior Adrianna Zhang was one 

of the authors of an abstract. The 
detection of simian virus in human 
tumours by polymerase chain reaction. 
published in 1998 in the Italian jour- 
nal, Monaldi Arch Chest Disease. 
44 IMSA seniors qualified as 
semifinalists in the 1999 National 
Merit Scholarship Corporation compe- 
tition. Seven qualified as semifinalists 
in the 1999 National Achievement 
Scholarship Program for Outstanding 
Negro Students. Three qualified as 
finalists in the 1999 National Hispanic 
Recognition Program. 
1 - IMSA student musicians once again 
were invited to perform at the Drake 
Hotel in Chicago as part of the 
Hotel's holiday season celebration. 
They entertained an appreciative 
crowd in the Hotel's Palm Court 
on December 12. 



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Volume 13 No. 2 • Spring 1999 



IMSA's Internet "Toolkit" Takes Teachers 
from Information Literacy to Fluency 



meritech and the Illinois 



_ Mathematics and Science 
Academy are teaming up to offer 
Chicagoland area teachers an easier 
and more effective way to na\igate 
the Internet. 

IMSA's Internet Toolkit was designed 
by IMS A students (including "96 alum 
Mathew Brictson of Elgin and "97 alum 
Angela Thelan of Palos Park) and staff 
specifically /or educators. "The purpose 
of the Toolkit is to build the capacity of 
teachers and students to access, evaluate, 
analyze and use the wealth of informa- 
tion now available on the Internet 
to improve student learning." said 
Dr. David Barr. IMSA Director of 
On-Line Learning Programs and 
Toolkit project director. 

The Toolkit includes interactive 
learning materials, tips on effective 
search strategies, as well as software 
tools such as a meta-search engine, an 
assessment database and tutorial 
construction tools designed to build 
proficiency in using the Internet for 
research. The Toolkit represents one 
dimension of IMSA's On-Line Learning 



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From an IMSA Mentor 2 

Great Minds Program 3 

IMSA Internet Toolkit 4 

Intel Winner 8 

New Principal 3 

News in Brief 7 

Science E.xplorers On-the-Road 6 

Tellabs Studio Dedication 5 



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Programs, part of an ongoing commit- 
ment to the State of Illinois" educational 
technology initiatives. 

meritech Partners 
ith IMSA 

With help from a $2.'i.()()0 grant from 
the Ameritech Foundation. IMSA has 
trained "lead teachers" from five 
Chicagoland schools in the use of the 
Toolkit. Each of the lead teachers will 
train 10 other teachers in their schools or 
districts. Those teachers will introduce 
students in their classes to the Toolkit 
as a means of locating, evaluating and 
using Internet resources in their learning 
activities. Lead teachers in the project 
include: 

Bernard Bradley — Walter L. NewbeiTv 
Mathematics and Science Magnet 
School (Chicago Public Schools) 
Tim Kulak — West Aurora High School 
—Aurora (District #129) 



Rich Le\uie — Tefft Middle School — 
Streamwood (District U46) 
Bill Pedroni — East Aurora High 
School— East Aurora (District #131 ) 
Dennis Ricke — Wredling Middle 
School— St. Charles (District #303) 

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"The purpose of the Toolkit is to 
build the capacity of teachers 
and students to access, evaluate, 
analyze and use the wealth of 
information now available on 
the Internet to improve student 
learning," said Dr. David Barr, 
IMSA Director of On-Line 
Learning Programs and Toolkit 
project director. 



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1500 West Sullivan Road 
Aurora, Illinois 60506-1000 
630/907-5000 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Chairman 

John H. McEachem Jr. 

P res idem 

Wayne Circuits Incorporated 

Vice-Chairman 

Sheila MB Griffin 
Vice President ami Director 
Strategic Marketing Office 
Motorola Incorporated 

Trustees 

Dr. Joseph Cipfl 

Executive Director 

Illinois Community College Board 

Fred Conforti 

President and Chief Executive Officer 

Pittway Systems Technology Group 

Dr. Sherry R. Eagle 

Superintendent 

Aurora West School District #129 

Dr. Forest Etheredge 

Dean 

School of Business and Professional Studies 

Aurora University 

Steve Isoye 

Science Deparuneni Chairperson 

Highland Park High School 

Dr. Glenn "Max" McGee 

State Superintendent 

Illinois State Board of Education 

James D. Pearson 

President 

Aurora Metals Division L.L.C. 

Dr. Marsha R. Rosner 

Professor 

The Ben May Institute for Cancer Research 

The University of Chicago 

Dr. Keith Sanders 
Executive Director 
Illinois Board of Higher Education 

Jesus Manuel Sosa 

Administrator 

Chicago Public Schools, Region One 

Dr. Alfonzo Thurman 
Dean. College of Education 
Northern Illinois University 

Dr. Michael S. Turner 

Department Chairman 

Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics 

The University of Chicago 

President 

Dr. Stephanie Puce Marshall 

NOVA is published three times a year by the 
IMSA Office of InstiUJtional Advancement 
and Public Policy. 

Send comments or questions to: 
Editor and Writer 

Brenda Buschbacher 
brenda@imsa.edu 




From an 
IMSA Mentor 



Dear IMSA Shareholders, 



. s an IMSA mentor, I am pleased to report how IMSA students have worked 

-T_ to help enrich and improve the lives of abused and neglected children in 
DuPage County's juvenile and family courts. 

For the past year, I have had the pleasure of serving as a mentor to four seniors 
who have volunteered their time and talents through IMSA's Mentorship Program. 
Every Wednesday during the academic year, the students have worked at CASA of 
DuPage County, Inc., under my supervision. At Court Appointed Special Advocates 
(CASA), we train and support community advocates who voluntarily serve to protect 
our neglected and abused children's right to a safe, permanent and nurturing home. 

For the last two years, Irene Czajkowski and Samantha Mulvany have researched 
ways to improve the CASA program through surveys, interviews and program reports. 
Their work has been used to improve the pre-service and in-service training prograrns, 
to find ways to move cases through the court system more quickly, and to provide 
support for grant proposals. 

Ramona Bhatia and Aaron Foss have investigated the effects of divorce on children 
and how to represent the best interests of children during custody disputes. They 
have conducted in-depth interviews with judges, divorce attorneys, family mediators, 
therapists, and child advocates and have distributed surveys to attorneys and judges. 
They will share the results of their research with the court, CASA, and participants 
in the project. 

Irene, Sam. Ramona and Aaron all have been invaluable assets to CASA. At a time 
when we hear all too much about violence in our schools, it is so gratifying to see 
IMSA students use their intelligence and compassion for others to help improve the 
future of our society. Their commitment to the plight of many children and families 
in DuPage County is to be commended and celebrated. On April 28. I was delighted 
to attend the 1 1th Annual IMSA Presentation Day where IMSA mentors and students 
gathered together to present their research findings, learn from one another and 
celebrate the student's accomplishments. 

We at CASA look forward to a continuing relationship with the Illinois Mathematics 
and Science Academy and students involved in the Mentorship Program. Thank you 
on behalf of CASA for supporting IMSA, for when you do, you are touching the lives 
of many others in remarkable ways. 



Sincerely, 

Dr. Kathryn Karsh 

Program Co-Director, CASA of DuPage County, Inc. 



IMSA Great Minds Program Hosts 
National Education Dialogue 



7"/;/^' stoiy Is the scccduI in a series la 
appear in iipcoining NOVAs. ehartiiifi the 
development of the IMSA Great Minds 
Program and its impact on IMSA students 
and staff, convmmity members, and other 
students and teachers in Illinois. 

I --V r. Janet Rowley, the 1998 National 

I , Medal of Science winner. Wendy 

Freedman. the Director of the Hubble 
Space Telescope Program, and a panel of 
national science education experts were 
just some of the ""great minds" that 
visited the Academy this spring as part 
of the IMSA Great Minds Program. 

On April 8. the Academy hosted more 
than 100 Chicagoland high school 
science teachers and administrators who 
participated in the Great Minds Dialogue 
entitled Physics First? Redesigning the 
Science Curriculum for High Schools. 

During the dialogue, a panel of 
national science education curriculum 
experts discussed the state of science 
teaching and learning in the United 
States, including ideas for redesigning 
the science curriculum. During small 
group dialogues with the panelists. 



participants had the chance to discuss 
issues such as time for professional 
development, student perfonnance on 
state level tests, gender specific classes 
and the preparedness of science teachers 
in today's classrooms. 

At the end of the day, group leaders 
presented their issues to the panelists 
who then provided feedback. Expert 
panelists included: Ms. Marge Bardeen. 
Education Office Manager for Fermi 
National Accelerator Laboratory 
(Fermilab) in Batavia and the Project 
Director of the Fermilab ARISE Project: 
Dr. Leon Lederman. Nobel Laureate and 
IMSA"s Inaugural Resident Scholar; 
Dr. Hazel Loucks, Illinois Deputy 
Governor of Education: Dr. Donald 
Nelson. President of the Illinois Science 
Teachers Association: Dr. Gerald 
Wheeler. Executive Director of the 
National Science Teachers Association; 
and Robert Yager, Professor at the 
University of Iowa and Past-President 
of the National Science Teachers 
Association (NSTA). 

(Continued on page 4) 





Dr Janet Conrad of Columbia University 
presented the Great Minds Seminar 
"Plnsics for the Youuf;: Why Neutrinos 
Matter" at IMSA in March. 

Photos by Bruin Quinby 


.Wilwnal Public Radw Host Ira 
Flatow answers questions from 
Chicago area students during the 
Great Minds Dialogue "Stories of 
a Scientist" held in Februaiy. 


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Eric McLaren to Become 
IMSA's Next Principal 

A familiar name and face. ..to current 
students and staff as well as 
alumni. ..soon will take the helm as 
Principal of IMSA. 

Assistant Principal Eric McLaren 
will assume his new position July I. 
1999. McLaren will succeed Gregg 
Sinner, who leaves June 30. 1999, to 
accept a principalship at Francis W. 
Parker Charter Essential School in 
Devens. Massachusetts. 

McLaren, a charter staff member, 
has held various leadership roles in 
his 13 years at IMSA. 

"Eric has brought vision, expertise, 
focus and integrity for more than a 
decade to the multiple leadership roles 
he has held in the areas of residential 
life, student leadership development 
and administration," President 
Stephanie Pace Marshall said. 

IMSA alumnus and IMSA Fund 
Board member Andrew Oh of 
Elmhurst said. ""As one of his former 
resident advisees, I know that Eric 
has first-hand "battlefront" experience 
and understanding of the needs of 
IMSA students." 

McLaren said he looks forward 
to meeting the new challenges that 
lie ahead for IMSA and the state 
of Illinois in the new millennium. 

"I look forward to the continued 
evolution of IMSA as an environ- 
ment that supports the development 
of .students as ethical leaders, and 
integrative problem finders and 
problem solvers." he said. 



IMSA FUND BOARD OF DIRECTORS 


Chairman 


President 


James R. Thompson 


Michael J. Birck 


Chairman oflhe 


President and CEO 


Executive Committee 


TeUabs, Inc. 


Winston & Strawn 






Vice President 


Vice President 


William J. White 


Robert Malon 


Professor 


Retired Chairman 


Northwestern University 


FMC Corporation 






Secretary /TYeasurer 




Susan S. Schanlabcr 




President 




The Landmark Group, Inc. 


Directors 


Sandra Harden Austin 


Gordon R. Lohman 


Private Consultant 


Cliainnan and CEO 




Amsted Industries. Inc. 


G. Carl Ball 




President 


Richard Lumpkin 


Ball Foundation 


Chairman and CEO 




Consolidated 


Sterling M. Burke 


Communications, Inc. 


Human Capital 




Development Manager 


Robert M. Malchione 


IBM - Midwestern Area 


Vice President 




The Boston Consultmg 


G. Thomas Castino 


Group. Inc. 


President and CEO 




Underwriters Laboratories, 


Timothy McCormick 


Inc. 


Vice President 




Farmer's State Bank 


Dr Floyd English 


of Emden 


President and CEO 




Andrew Corporation 


Donald E. Nordlund 




Retired Chairman and CEO 


Larry Flynn 


Staley Continental, inc. 


Major Accounts Vice 




President 


Andrew M. Oh 


Nortel 


Research Analyst 




Stifel, Nicolaus and Co. 


Peter Fox 




Senior Managing Director 


James D. Pearson 


Bear Steams and Company 


President 




Aurora Metals Division 


Dr. Philip Francis 


L.L.C. 


President 




Mascon Management 


Wharton B. "Zie" Rivers 


Consulting 


President 




Ameritech Network 


Dave Geary 


Services 


Regional Vice President 
Lucent Technologies 


James T. Schaefer 
Real Estate Consultant 


Joanne Hansen 




President 


Honey Jacobs Skinner 


Fumas Foundation. Inc. 


Partner 




Sidley & Austin 


Leon Jackson 




President 


William A. VanSanlen 


Multi-Fac Corporation 


Partner 




Wood, Phillips, VanSanlen. 


James Lancaster 


Clark and Mortimer 


Retired Executive 




Vice President 


Linda Anderson* 


First Chicago NBD Corp. 


Civic Leader 


Steven H. Lesnik 


Roger E. Anderson* 


CEO 


Retired Chainnan and CEO 


Kemper Lesnik 
Organization 


Continental Bank of 
Chicago 


Vice President for Institutional Advancement I 


CEO, IMSA Fund 




Ted Parge 




^Honorary Members 




"Pnnted by Authority of the State of Illinois, 


6500. 6/99, Purchase Order No. 990997." 



IMSA's Internet Toolkit {continued fmm page 1) 



"The Internet Toolkit enables teachers 
to help students make sense of the Web." 
saiti Rich Levine, who participated in a 
two-year pilot testing phase of the 
project. He said that more teachers 
throughout the Elgin school district U46 
now use the Toolkit. 

"After I gave a workshop on the use 
of the Internet Toolkit, teachers in other 
schools asked to have a link to the 
Toolkit put on their school's browser." 
Levine said. 

"They see it as a quality one-stop 
source for having their students learn 
about, as well as use. the World Wide 
Web," Levine has also placed the Toolkit 
on his educational Web page so that his 
students can access it from their homes. 

Toolkit Vs. Commei-ciai 
Search Engines 

One of the most recognizable differ- 
ences on the screen between IMSA's 
Toolkit and other commercial search 
engines is the elimination of commercial 
advertising, 

"Students don't have to wait for nor 
are subjected to lengthy advertising 
before they are even allowed to do a 
search as found on commercial search 
engines." Levine said. Another differ- 
ence is the ability to better customize 
your search by using selected domains 



"After I gave a workshop on 
the use of the Internet Toolkit, 
teachers in other schools asked 
to have a link to the Toolkit 
put on their school's browser," 
Levine said. 

"They see it as a quality 
one-stop source for having their 
students learn about, as well 
as use, the World Wide Web." 



(ex: education, government, organiza- 
tion, military), thereby increasing the 
number of meaningful returns, 

"The IMSA Internet Toolkit will 
empower students and teachers with 
the resources they need to learn in the 
new millennium." said Douglas Whitley, 
president of Ameritech Illinois, 

For more information on the 
IMSA Toolkit contact Dr, David Barr 
at barr@imsa,edu; or (630) 907-5016, 
Future plans will offer Toolkit 
workshops on-line so they can be 
made available to educators throughout 
the state. 



Great Minds Dialogue {ctmtinuedfrom page 3) 



Other dialogues earlier in the semester 
were attended by hundreds of students 
and teachers from throughout the area. 
They included Stories of a Scientist 
featuring Dr, Lederman and National 
Public Radio Host Mr Ira Flatow and 
Science and Society: Real WoHd Issues 
for Students and Teachers which 
included an afternoon hands-on DNA 
workshop for participants. 

The final event of the 1998-1999 
Great Minds Program featured Dr, 
George Campbell, Jr.. who presented 
the seminar Engineering Your Future. 
Dr, Campbell is President and CEO of 



the National Action Council for 
Minorities in Engineering, 

The IMSA Great Minds Program 
supports IMSA's learning agenda by 
creating unique teaching and learning 
opportunities to help shape mathematics 
and science educational public policy 
in Illinois and the nation. The intellectual 
resources of the Great Minds Program 
aie shared with students and teachers 
throughout Illinois and the nation through 
Seminars. Dialogues. Community 
Lectures, on-line chat groups and the 
Great Minds Program website 
{Iittp://wehdh.imsa.edu/grcatminds/]. 



IMSA Dedicates Tellabs Studio for Professional 
Development; Spring Seminars Serve Illinois Teachers 




Aurora Cliamber af Coiiinu 
Rcprcsciitiahc Tim Schmit: 



I "■ The Illinois Mathematics and 
I— Science Academy officially dedi- 
cated the Tellabs Studio for Professional 
Development on April 19, 1999, during a 
special cere- 
mony attended 
by approxi- 
mately 100 
corporate and 
foundation 
leaders, govern- 
ment officials 
and friends of 
the Academy. 

In 1998, 
IMSA received 
a $100,000 
grant from 
The Tellabs 
Foimdation of 
Lisle, Illinois, 
to create the 
Tellabs Studio 
for Professional 
Development 

on the IMSA campus. The Studio serves 
as a technologically-enhanced classroom 
for IMSA partner teachers throughout 
Illinois and as the central hub for their 
professional development activities. 
These activities include individual study 
and research work, and group confer- 
ences, meetings, seminars and forums. 
Michael J. Birck, President and CEO 
of Tellabs, Inc., said increased profes- 
sional development for mathematics and 
science teachers will result in a more 
competitive state and nation. "The 
Tellabs Foundation is proud to support 
IMSA in its efforts to develop new 
teaching and learning processes." 

Studio Seminars: 
From Biotechnology to 
Curriculum Alignment 

The Tellabs Studio includes dedicated 
workspace for independent and group 
work, workstations for the development 
of mathematics and science electronic 
curriculum prototypes, a teacher 
resource library for current books 
and journals on educational practice. 



research reports on mathematics and 
science cuiriculum and testing, and 
computer software programs that 
support lifelong learning. 



rcc President Sieve Hiileher Stole 
ami Dr Mursliull. 

The Inaugural Seminar Series of the 
Tellabs Studio was launched this spring 
and offers teachers from throughout 
Illinois a variety of professional learning 
opportunities. Some of the topics 
offered include problem-based learning, 
biotechnology for middle and high 
school science 
teachers, stan- 
dards-based 
cuiriculum 
alignment and 
integrating 
technology into 
classroom 
practice. 

Program 
offerings in the 
Studio are 
coordinated 
through The 
Center for the 
Advancement 
and Renewal of 
Learning and ,^,,^^ ^^,^^^.j ciuurmwi Jaek 

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Science and Technology (also known as 
TheCenter@IMSA). 

Dr. Linda Schielke, Chief Operating 
Officer of The Center@IMSA, said she 
is grateful that the Center now houses a 
classroom studio dedicated solely to the 
professional development of teachers in 
Illinois. 

"Because we now have a larger, 
technology-rich dedicated space for 
professional development, we will be 
able to offer a much wider variety of 
programs on a regular basis for our 
partner teachers and all educators 
throughout Illinois." 

Registration Open for 
Fall 1999 Pro: "- 

A series of new seminar topics are being 
offered in Fall 1999 including calculus 
reform, pre-calculus to calculus, enhanc- 
ing learning with Matlieinatica, and a 
variety of science curriculum topics. 
Dates for the Fall 1999 seminars are 
currently being scheduled. 

For additional information about 
programs offered in IMSA"s Studio or 
other professional development opportu- 
nities that The Center@IMSA offers 
throughout Illinois and on-line, visit the 
Center's website at www.imsa.cdit/ceiuer 
or call 6.^0-907-5956. 




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IMSA Students Share Science ''On the Road" 



by Britta McKenna, Science Explorers Coordinator 



Leon Lederman's "the power of an 
idea" has once again taken on a 
new form at IMSA. One idea from a 
Wheaton grade school parent is all it 
took to help launch the IMSA Science 
Explorers "On the Road" program for 
1999. Brian Leyshon, age 9, was a 
1998 camper at Science 
Explorers last 
summer at 




IMSA and 
his mother. Kathleen 
Leyshon was so impressed 
with the program she called me to invite 
our Science Explorer student-teachers to 
visit her son's elementary school in 
Wheaton. I told her we had no such 
plans at the time, but little did I know 
that all it would take is that one idea 
for a program to grow. 

Science Explorers is a summer science 
day camp for children entering 4th. 
5th and 6th grades taught by our IMSA 
students with curriculum they have 
developed through Inquiry. Science 
Explorers "On the Road" was a program 
that selected one of our upcoming 



summer day camp themes. "Inventor's 
Day," to present to five elementary 
schools in the Chicagoland area. 
Participating schools included: Winfield 
Elementary. Schiesher Elementary 
(Lisle), McCleery Elementary (Aurora), 
St. Michael School (Wheaton) and 
Prairie Elementary (Naperville). A two 
hour classroom presentation was enthusi- 
astically received by more than 300 
upper elementary school students. Sue 
Strayer of Schiesher Elementary in Lisle 
commented about the presentation, 
"Your student teachers were excellent 
and well prepared with plans and materi- 
als; I feel that children always like to 
have other children teach them and are 
eager to listen to them." IMSA Senior 
Jorge Reyes of Chicago had this to say 
about his experience teaching, "Once 
you are in the position of a teacher 
you see teachers from a whole new 
perspective; I now have so much more 
respect and appreciation for all their 
hard work." 

The following IMSA students 
team taught "On the Road this 
winter: Katie Boehm "01 
Chicago. Deepa Bhat '99 
Napenille. Nicole Brown 
Chicago. Kiyomi Davis '00 
Calumet Cits: Carrie Giordano '99 
Crystal Lake. Anjali Joshi '00 
Schaumhiirg. Matthew Kniesley "0 
Greenfield. Dan Murariu '99 Aurora. 
Donielle Newell '00 Napen'ille. Jorge 
Reyes "99 Chicago. Marti Shirley 
"00 Charleston. Emily Wu '99 
Barrington. 

The second annual Science 
Explorers summer day camp 
will be held at the Academy 
June 1 4- 1 8 ( Week 1 ) and June 
21-25 (Week 2), hosting 120 
Chicagoland area children. 1999 
sponsors for Science Explorers 
include Old Second Bank of 
Aurora, Aurora Metals Division 
L.L.C. and the IMSA Office of 
Institutional Advancement. For 




more information about Science 
Explorers or the Kids Institute, call the 
Office of Institutional Advancement 
and Public Policy at 630/907-5041. 




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BRIEF 



Professional Contributions 

Recent examples include: 

By invitation, mathematics teacher 
Susan Eddins examined Achieve's 
proposal to create an internationally 
henchmarked assessment program for 
mathematics with supporting cuniculum 
materials. Achieve is a not-for-profit 
group that helps states build and meet 
their academic standards and assessments. 

Michele Micetich. director of prob- 
lem-based learning initiatives, presented 
Problem-Based Learning Applications in 
the Middle-Level Classroom at the 
Annual Middle Level Conference: 
Practitioner Power XV sponsored by the 
Illinois Association for Supervision and 
Curriculum Development. 

Mathematics teachers Ron Vavrinek 
and Steve Condie presented at the 1 2th 
Annual Professional Conference of the 
National Consortium for Specialized 
Secondary Schools of Mathematics, 
Science and Technology. Director of 
Enrollment Services Dr. LuAnn Smith 
participated on the Minority Issues at 
Consortium Schools panel. Research 
Associate Jay Thomas was elected to 
the NCSSSMST Board of Directors. 

Physics teacher Dr. David Workman 
presented IMSA's Calculus-Based Physics 
Exploratory Study at the meeting Do 
Girls and Boys Learn Better in Schools 
and Classrooms that are Separated by 
Gender? sponsored by the American 
Association of University Women. 

Mentorship Coordinator Dr. Peggy 
Connolly presented Ethics of the Human 
GeiMine Project at the Illinois Department 
of Health Genetic and Metabolic Disease 
Advisory Commission in Chicago. 

Vicki Musial, instructional program 
assistant in science, presented Marine 
Biodiversity- and Oceans to students at 
Prairieview Elementary School in 
Bartlett, IL. 

Through the Illinois State Board of 
Education, mathematics teachers Ruth 
Dover, Chuck Hamberg and George 
Milauskas worked with other educators 
in Springfield, IL. to review Illinois 
Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) data 
and determine how to describe student 
performance in matheinatics. 

English teacher Dr. Larry Chott 
published The Personal in Scholarship: 
Gifted High School Students and the 



Selected Poems of E.E. Cummings in the 
Spring 1999 issue of The Journal of the 
E.E. Cummings Society. 

Technical Application Specialist Skip 
Mosshamer wrote Technology Purchase 
Decisions for the March 1999 issue of 
The Compass , a professional technology 
journal of the International Enterprise 
Architects Consortium. 

Linda Torp, director of academic plan- 
ning and research, conducted Problems 
as Possibilities. Problem-Based Learning 
for Today 's Learners sessions through 
the Phi Delta Kappa Professional 
Development Institute. 

tudent Achievements 

Recent examples include: 

Ten students attended and presented at 
the 1999 American Association for the 
Advancement of Science (AAAS) 
Annual Meeting and Science Innovation 
Exposition January 21-26 in Anaheim, 
California. They were: Abidemi Adeboje 
of Dolton, Vikram Attaluri of Peoria, 
Steven Baker of Morton, Jane Jih of 
Willowbrook, Heidi Kim of Flossmoor, 
Christen Klochan of Bridgeview, 
Jacqueline McKenna of Cicero, Dan 
Murariu of Aurora, Ethan Wozniak of 
Bartlett and Stephanie Wu of Darien. 

Clara Shih of Arlington Heights co- 
presented Development of a PVDF Film 
Sensor fn- Infrastructure Monitoring at 



the Conference on Smart Systems for 
Bridges, Structure and Highways. 

Four students were among only 150 
nationwide named semifinalists fiir the 
1999 U.S. Physics Team. 

A team of students received the 
Outstanding Paper award for the 1999 
High School Mathematical Contest in 
Modeling sponsored by the Institute 
for Operations Research and the 
Management Sciences. 

Shaleen Aghi of Glendale Heights 
was chosen to attend the National Young 
Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. 

IMSA's Chamber Choir received first 
place at the IHSA State Organizational 
Contest. 

Eight students received awards from 
the American Association of Teachers ol 
German for their outstanding perfor- 
mance on the 1999 National German 
Examination. 

A team of students won first place in 
the Illinois Scholastic Bowl competition. 

Three students presented A Meta- 
Search Engine Using Open-Source 
Software and Designing a Server Cluster 
at the second annual Illinois Student 
Technology Conference. 

Students received 16 medals for their 
perfomiance in the 1 7th National Russian 
Essay Contest sponsored by the American 
Council of Teachers of Russian. 




Speaking in the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations. MSA Senior Naniluui Pliatak 
addresses the 25th session of National High School Model United Nations on the UN's role in 
globalization of economies. Pliatak is the fifth IMSA student to speak at the United Nations. 



IMSA Senior Wins 3rd Place in National 
Intel Science Talent Search Competition 



'~, or the second year in a row. an 
—I IMSA student was named one 
of the top ten winners in the national 
Intel Science Talent Search Competition 
(formerly Westinghouse). 

Senior Keith Winstein won third 
place and a $30,000 scholarship for 
his research project entitled Lexical 
Steganography Through Adaptive 



Modulation of the Word Choice Hash. 
Steganography is an established field 
concerned with undetectably encoding 
(that is. hiding) information within 
larger blocks of data. 

A photographer may use a stegano- 
graphic procedure on his/her images to 
track if they are copied. Most cuirent 
approaches to the hiding of data in 




(L to R) David Moore— 2nd place winner, Craig Barrett— CEO & President of Intel. 
Natalia Toro — 1st place winner and IMSA senior Keith Winstein — 3rd place winner 



blocks of text are concerned with the 
physical appearance of text on the page; 
however, these techniques lack durabil- 
ity. Winstein's technique of "Lexical 
Steganography" encodes data by actually 
changing the words used in a block of 
text, thus making encoded information 
harder both to detect and remove. 
For more information, including text 
of Keith's research paper, see 
http://www.imsa.edu/--keithw/tlex. 

Winstein. the son of Bruce and Joan 
Winstein of Oak Park, was named one 
of 40 national finalists and was the only 
one from Illinois. The finalists attended 
the six-day Science Talent Institute in 
Washington, D.C. March 3-8 where 
they were judged by top scientists from 
a variety of disciplines. 

Keith plans to attend college in the 
fall to pursue a computer science degree 
with an emphasis on artificial intelligence 
and natural language processing. He is 
IMSA"s fourth finalist in this presfigious 
competition. Other IMSA finalists 
included Rowan Lockwood "89, Elizabeth 
Pine "93 and Travis Schedler "98. 



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Volume 13 No. 3 • Summer 1999 



1999 IMSA Graduate Only U.S. Student Delegate 
to Attend First World Conference on Science 



L-> ecent IMSA graduate Keith 
~\_: Winstein of Oak Park spent part 
of his summer doing something quite 
unconventional for an 18-year-old. 

Winstein was the only student in a 
group of 1 1 official United States 
delegates to attend the first World 
Conference on Science (WCS) in 
Budapest. Hungary, from June 26 to 
July 1 . The conference brought together 
2.500 scientists from 150 countries. 



Tk-aveling Abroad with 
a Nobel Laureate... - 




Good Company 

As part of the U.S. delegation (sec list 
on pa;^c J). Winstein ""rubbed shoulders" 
with other delegates including Dr. Bruce 
Alberts. President of the National 
Academy of Sciences. Winstein's 
membership to the U.S. delegation was 
proposed by IMSA Resident Scholar Dr. 
Leon Lederman. ""Keith was a full-fledged 
member of the U.S. delegation and he 
often made comments to the daily break- 
fast caucus, explaining to them subtle 
issues such as intellectual property 
rights." Lederman said. 

Co-sponsored by the United Nations 
Educational. Scientific and Cultural 
Organization (UNESCO), and the 
non-governmental organization 
ntemational Council for Scientific 
Unions (ICSU). the WCS aims to 
identify the 21st Century issues that 
science needs to address as well as 
examine the influence and impact 
that science has on society. 

""The primary theme of the 
Conference was that in the 
21st Century there would be a 
■nev\ commitment" of science to 
human welfare."' Lederman said. 



IMSA 'W finuliuitc Kcilli 
Winstein and ResiJcnr Siluilar 
Dr. Leon Lederman tal^e in die 
siglits uf downtown Budapest 
during a break from the World 
Confereiiee on Science- 
Winstein was tlie I'lily student 
selected in a group of II 
official I'mtcd States delegates 
to attend the unprecedented 
confereiue in Hungary 
June Jo-./if/v / 



"Keith was a full-fledged member 
of the U.S. delegation and he 
often made comments to the 
daily breakfast caucus, 
explaining to them subtle issues 
such as intellectual property 
rights," Lederman said. 

Forums focused on topics such as 
ethical issues and the public understand- 
ing of science, the intellectual and 
institutional challenges that science now 
faces, opportunities that science offers 
for short and long-term problem-solving, 
and the development of a new social 
contract for science. 

The Conference adopted two impor- 
tant documents: A World Declaration 
on Science and The Use ofScieiuific 
Kiunvledge and the Science Agenda — 
Framework for Action. 

(Continued on page ?) 



Class of 1999 Commencement 6 

From a University President 2 

Great Minds Program Calendar 5 

IMSA Fund Highlights 4 

News in Brief 1 

Science Explorers 5 

Student Serves Capitol Hill 8 

The Center(S)IMSA Programs 6 

Young Scientists in Hungary 3 



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University President 




Dear IMSA Shareholders. 



J7\?!\ s president of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. I am delighted 
:^^ to write to you about the gifted mind and the important role IMSA plays in 
furthering gifted education. IMSA's contributions serve other institutions of higher 
learning in Illinois and the nation as we seek to better prepare students for living and 
succeeding in the new millennium. 

In education, we teach what we know, with research often viewed by some to 
be a useless and expensive diversion. Yet research and discovery are often the most 
exciting and effective ways of teaching. This is the very essence of IMSA. where 
discovery-based, integrative learning and research happen every day within this 
educational laboratory. At IMSA. students and teachers are asked to construct 
their own knowledge rather than simply regurgitate facts and figures. 

As I have studied the multi-talented, this is a common theme for the vibrant and 
gifted mind- the fascination of exploring the unknown from field to field. Goethe, the 
poet, basically invented the field of morphology. A musician found the planet Uranus. 
Bertrand Russell went so far as to say that had he read all the previous literature, he 
would not have made the mathematical discoveries he did. So too. even college and 
younger students have the possibility of turning their basic studies into research to 
make real scientific contributions. 

This spring at Illinois Wesleyan "s research conference, senior biology major Karen 
Lindahl amazed us all with her calm announcement that she had found a new species, 
a tardigrade barely a millimeter long, but a species never seen before in North 
America, nor probably the world. More affectionately known as waterbears. tardi- 
grades are a separate phylum with extraordinary ability to survive dry periods. Found 
in lichens in two spots locally, the question now is where else does this tiny animal 
live? Right now no one knows, but Karen and our Professor Susie Balser will work 
with IMSA and other schools to define its range. Who can rule out an IMSA student 
perhaps finding another unknown species while helping in this search? 

This spring. IMSA hosted its I Ith Annual Presentation Day, where students 
presented the results of their research in physics, pediatric aids, artificial intelligence, 
impressionism, robotics and holography. This is just one reason why I have been so 
supportive and am so excited about IMSA. Its focus on student research and inquiry, 
real-world problem-solving, integrative learning and ethical leadership serves as a 
valuable teaching model, especially to other educators like myself who are passionate 
about helping students succeed in the classroom and in life. 



Sincerely. 




Minor Myers, jr. 



President and Professor of Political Science at Illinois Wesleyan. Dr Myers is writing 
a book on the multi-talented from the Renaissance to the present. 



IMSA Students Attend International 
Forum of Young Scientists 



LMSA seniors Margaret Anderson 
of Chicago and Maliha Mustafa of 
\Iattoon were selected as two of only 
150 students from 50 countries to attend 
the International Forum of Young 
Scientists June 23-24 in Budapest. 
Hungary. The idea of a youth forum was 
proposed by IMSA Resident Scholar 
Dr. Leon Lederman so that the voices 
of ■■21st century scientists."" today's high 
school students, could be heard. 

The forum was organized as a satellite 
event of the World Conference on 
Science (see cover story) and was hosted 
by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. 

Some of its goals were: to confront 
future scientists with challenges to be 
faced by science in the 21st Century; 
to raise moral and ethical issues which 
social reception of scientific achieve- 
ments crucially depend upon: to discuss 
general trends in motivation, education 
and training of young scientists, 
prospects of the scientist career and 
other job opportunities open for young 
Ph.D.s. and the chances for and the 
difficulties of creating global and 
national scientific communities. 



■■I received insights from an experi- 
enced generation, the youth, people 
of developed and developing countries, 
scientists and non-scientists, and people of 
all cultures, religions and philosophies."" 
Mustafa said. 

Young scientists participated in one 
of three discussion groups focusing on 
social science, physical science and 
natural science. 

Following the forum, the students 
presented major recommendations to 
World Conference on Science partici- 
pants including: that scientists should 
openly infonn the public about research 
and its wider implications; that ethical 
aspects be a part of all scientific under- 
taking and all education programs; and 
that scientists help the scientific commu- 
nities in less developed countries and 
urge their governments to support long- 
temi grants for fundamental research to 
maintain growth. 

■■It"s comforting to knov\ that IMSA 
has already been addressing aspects of 
ethics, research and science education,"" 
Mustafa said. 



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Mariiaret Anderson take a break from atteiuliii:^ the International Fonim ofYounii Scientists 
to meet Dr. Leon Lederman and 1999 Graduate Keith Winstein in Budapesr Their trip was 
supported by the IMSA Great Minds Program. 



IMSA GraduaXeiciiiitiiiiicil fix>iii pose I) 

Winstein is the son of Bruce and Joan 
Winstein of Oak Park. He won third 
place this year in the nationwide Intel 
Science Talent Search Competition and 
plans to pursue a degree in computer 
science at the Massachusetts Institute 
of Technoloev becinning this fall. 




World Conference 
on Science 

U.S. Delegation 



1 . Bruce Alberts 

President of the National 
Academy of Sciences 

2. Paul Berg 

Professor. Stanford University 
School of Medicine* 

3. M.R.C. Greenwood 

Chancellor, University of 
California, Santa Cruz 

4. Neal Lane 

President Clinton"s 
Science Advisor 

5. Leon Lederman 

IMSA Resident Scholar* 

6. Jane Lubchenco 

Professor. Oregon State 
University 

7. Shirley Malcom 

Head. Directorate for Education 
and Human Resources Programs 
American Association for the 
Advancement of Science 

8. F. Sherwood Rowland 

Professor of Chemistry. 
University of California. Irvine* 

9. Maxine Singer 

President. Carnegie Institution 
of Washington 

10. Michael Southwick 

Deputy Assistant Secretary, 
Bureau of International 
Organization Affairs. 
U.S. State Department 

1 1 . Keith Winstein 

"99 Graduate. Illinois 
Mathematics and 
Science Academy 



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"Printed by Authority of the State of Illinois. 
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(^~^— tudent research, minority recruit- 

V - ment and retention, and IMSA's 

Internet Toolkit for Illinois teachers and 
students proved to be popular causes in 
1998-99 among donors to the IMSA 
Fund for Advancement of Education. 
Gifts from foundations, corporations 
and individuals totaled $1.3 million. 

Most recently, IMSA received a 
$150,000 grant from The Hansen-Fumas 
Foundation of Batavia. Illinois, to 
support the Hansen-Fumas Foundation 
Resident Scholar Fund of the IMSA 
Great Minds Program {see photo below). 

"This leadership gift will help 
connect Illinois high school students 
and mathematics and science teachers, 
to the best minds in the world," Ted 
Parge, Vice-president for institutional 
advancement, said. 

In the first year of Great Minds, 
hundreds of Illinois students and teach- 
ers interacted with visiting scholars 
such as Nobel Laureates Drs. Jack 
Steinberger and Dudley Herschbach, 
1998 National Medal of Science winner 
Dr. Janet Rowley, and Dr. Wendy 
Freedman, director of the Hubble Space 
Telescope Program. 

"We are pleased to support IMSA in 
another great endeavor to help improve 
mathematics and .science teaching and 
learning throughout Illinois and the 
nation," said Joanne Hansen, president 
of The Hansen-Fumas Foundation. 




Other 1998-99 liighlights included: 

!»• $58,000 from the Lloyd A. Fry 
Foundation for the Summer 
Enrichment for Academics in 
Mathematics and Science minority 
recruitment program 

► $30,000 from the Motorola Foundation 
for the National Consortium for 
Specialized Secondary Schools of 
Mathematics, Science and Technology 
Spring 2000 Professional Conference 

*■ $25,000 from the Ameritecli 

Foundation for the IMSA 

Intemet Toolkit 
►- $25,000 from Lucent Technologies 

for research opportunities for IMSA 

and other Illinois students 

► $15,700 from the Associated 
Colleges of Illinois and Illinois 
Power Company to expand the Early 
Involvement Program (minority 
recruitment and retention) site 

to private colleges in Illinois 

► $15,000 from BP Amoco Foundation 
for minority recruitment and 
retention initiatives 

»- $15,000 from the Polk Bros. 

Foundation for the IMSA 

Intemet Toolkit 
!>■ $13,000 from The Albert Pick. Jn 

Fund for the Early Involvement 

Program (minority recruitment and 

retention) in Chicago 
!► $12,500 from The Grace Bersted 

Foundation for the IMSA Kids Institute 

► More than $6,000 for the IMSA Kids 
Institute from Aurora area companies: 
Old Second Bancorp, Inc., Beta 
Graphics Corporation. Aurora Metals 
Division L.L.C, MetLife, R.C. Wegman 
Construction Company and NICOR 

'»■ $5,000 from the Ford Motor Company 
Fund for scholarship support 



.loanne Hansen (center), president of 
The Hansen-Fumas Foundation, presents 
President Dr Stephanie Pace Marshall with 
a $150,000 gift to support the Hansen-Fumas 
Foundation Resident Scholar Fund. Also 
thanking Hansen is Ted Parge. Vice-president 
for institutional advancement. 



1999 Science Explorers Program Snapshots 




Jim Pearson (standing right), president of 
Aurora Metals Division LLC. and Larry 
Bernstein, personnel manager at Aurora 
Metals, lake a tour of an Endangered 
.Species website during Animalia Day. 
.Aurora Metals Division L.L.C. was a 
sponsor of the 1999 Science Explorers 
Program. 



Nicole Souvenir (middle) of Hall Elementaiy 
School in Aurora hursts with excitement after 
discovering her "architectural masterpiece" 
can stand alone. ..no small feat when the only 
construction materials allowed are straws 
and shaving cream. 




Sgl. Ru.uy Sullivan. Aurora Poluc Dcpartmeni 
evidence technician, shows IMSA's ".science 
e.xplorer.s" what detectives in the real world 
use to mark evidence at the scene (fa crime. 




lom Evcnscn ofMcWuvnc School 
III Batavia finds "gearing up" for 
environmental disasters to he a 
hit overwhelming during a mock 
exercise of the Water World unit. 



To demonstrate how 
science technology can 
aid real life detectives 
in their quest for the 
truth. Arthur Bradford 
of Elgin Academy sits 
patiently as he is "put 
to the lest" on a poly- 
graph machine during 
Detective Science dav. 



Great Minds 
Program Kicks 
Off Second Year 

The IMSA Great Minds Program 
supports IMSA"s learning 
agenda by creating unique teaching 
and learning opportunities to help 
shape mathematics and science educa- 
tion policy in Illinois and the nation. The 
intellectual resources of the Great Minds 
Program are shared with students and 
teachers throughout Illinois and 
the nation through seminars, dialogues, 
community lectures, on-line chat groups 
and the website 
(http://webdb.imsa.edu/greatniinds/). 



1999-2000 Great Mind<: Proqram Calendar of Events 

Great Minds Dialogues— /or Illinois educators and students 
10/1 3/99 Stories of a Scientist 

1 2/0 1 /99 Science and the Media 

1/24/00 Frontiers of Educational Technology 

1 /3 1 /OO A Review of Science Standards 

TBA Science. Law and Technology 

Great Minds Community Lectures— /or the general public 
10/12/99 Science in the 21st Century: 

Issues ami Predictions 

For more information on a particular event, contact Dr. Judith Scheppler at 
(630) 907-5938 or email greatmindsCSimsa.edu. 



IMSA's 11th Senior Class Celebrates Graduation 

AAAS Leader Tells Graduates to "Tackle important Problems" 



C/^""— peaking as a parent herself. Dr. 

V. , Shirley Mahaley Malcom gave 

IMSA's Class of 1999 some good advice 
to apply to learning and life. 

"You have the technical foundations to 
build upon... to do things right, but you 
also have to do the right thing," said 
Malcom, head. Directorate for Education 
and Human Resources Programs at the 
American Association for the 
Advancement of Science. 

Proud family members and friends 
came together on May 29 at the 
Paramount Arts Centre in Aurora to hear 
Malcom and watch 187 seniors receive 
their diplomas and medallions. In her 
commencement address, Malcom told 
graduates that "what you have begun 
here at IMSA is to develop an intellec- 
tual and moral compass, and if you have 
that, you may be lost for the moment, 
but you'll find your way back." 

Mathew Baumgart of DeKalb and 
Elissa Larkin of Mundelein were the 
student speakers. 



impressive service 
to Illinois 

All members of the Class of 1999 
contributed at least 80 hours of commu- 
nity sei-vice to Illinois organizations as 
a requirement for graduation. However, 
President Dr. Stephanie Marshall noted 
that the Class' cumulative hours totaled 
17,512 with 55 students completing 100 
or more hours. Examples included: 

Zsolt Nadas - 700 hours at Hungarian Scout 

Association in Exteris - Green Oaks 

Gabriel Najarro - 500 hours at YMCA "Camp 

Jom"- Waukegan 

Elissa Larkin - 400 hours at Santa Maria 

del Popolo Church - Mundelein 

James Ethington - 352 hours at Muscular 

Dystrophy Association - Arlington Heights 

Daniel Murariu - 301 hours at Rush Copley 

Medical Center - Aurora 

Commencement was bittersweet 
for Principal Dr. Gregg Sinner who 
addressed IMSA students for the last 



time. Sinner 
assumed his new 
position July 1, 
1999 as principal 
of Francis W. 
Parker Charter 
Essential School 
in Devens, 
Massachusetts. 




Departing Principal 
Dr. Gregg Sinner 




Memljers of IMSA's Class of 1999 apparently 
lilted what student speaker Matt Baumgart 
said to his fellow classmates. 



The Center@IMSA Sponsors Professional 
Development Programs for Educators: 

Some Programs Also Serve Students 



/ 



Ithough classes were not in 
session for IMSA students this 
summer. The Center@IMSA was busy 
preparing teachers from Illinois and 
beyond to begin the 1999-2000 school 
year with new ideas and learning tools 
for their students. 

Approxiinately 80 educators from 
eight states and two foreign countries 
attended the 7th Annual Neison and 
Belte Harris Institute for Introduction 
to Problem-Based Learning August 1-5. 

Problem-based learning (PEL) is an 
educational approach that organizes 
curriculum and instruction around care- 
fully crafted "ill-structured" problems. 

Designed for K-16 educators from 
various disciplines, the Harris Institute 
engaged participants in designing 
problem-based learning curriculum 
and developing impleinentation 



strategies, with help from experienced 
PBL educators. 

In addition to the Harris Institute, the 
Illinois Problem-Based Learning 
Network, facilitated by IMSA and 
supported by the Illinois State Board of 
Education, held PBL institutes at several 
sites in Illinois (Mt. "Vernon, Rock Falls, 
IMSA). Seventy-six teachers from 44 
different schools and 21 counties partici- 
pated in the institutes (four-day and 
10-day experiences). 

One institute, held at IMSA in 
conjunction with IMSA's Siamuer 
Sleuths Progratu for middle school 
students, provided college credit through 
Aurora University. A second prograin 
site at East Peoria High School also was 
added this year. 

These teachers and students examined 
the issue of whether or not teens should 
be allowed to travel into space. 



Register Now for 1999-2000 
Learning Opportunities 

The Center® IMSA will offer a rich 
array of topics for improving educators' 
knowledge and practice of content, peda- 
gogy, curriculum process, assessments, 
standards, technology, and current and 
global societal issues. 

Some of the topics offered will include 
standards-driven earth and space science, 
mathematics content, biotechnology, 
classroom action research, educational 
technology and problem-based learning 
in mathematics and science education. 

Contact Dr. Linda Schielke at 630- 
907-5956 or e-mail schielkeCg) imsa.edu 
for information about dates, locations 
and costs. 



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Professional Contributions 

Recent examples include: 

Dr. Ray Dagenais, coordinator of 
strategic science initiatives, presented 
Student Learning in Calciihis-Based 
Electricity and Magnetism at the 
1999 American Association of Physics 
Teachers Summer Meeting in Texas. 

Dr. David Barr, director of on-line 
learning programs, presented a workshop 
on IMSA's Internet Toolkit to 20 teachers 
from the Illinois State Board of 
Education Technology Hub #3 
in Edwardsville. IL. 

Bill Fritz, vice president for strategic 
resources, is serving on the American 
Institute of Certihed Public Accountants 
Accounting Careers Committee, to help 
recruit the highest quality students into 
the profession. 

Dr. Peggy Connolly, mentorship 
coordinator, served on the panel Geuder 
Issues in the Classroom at the Young 
Women in Science and Technology 
Conference at the University of Illinois 
at Chicago. 

English teacher Dr. Dana Goodman 
was invited by the Copley Research 
Library in American Literature to review 
and research its most recent acquisitions 
in American Literature, specifically Mark 
Twain, in San Diego. CA. 

Sandra Donahue, coordinator of the 
infomiation resource center and elec- 
tronic media, presented a discussion 
on First Search during the Illinois State 
Library's videoconference broadcast 
statewide. 

Student Achievements 

Recent examples include: 

Sunita Jasti of Palatine and Anuoluwa 
Adeboje of Dolton (pictured at right) 
presented their research at the Sixth 
Annual Student Research Symposium of 
the National Consortium for Specialized 
Secondary Schools of Mathematics. 
Science and Technology June 10-13 at 
Connecticut College. Their projects were 
Serotonin and hnmimocytochemistry. 

A group of 1 2 female students 
presented two Young Women Engaged in 
Science workshops at the Young Women 
in Science and Technology Conference at 
the University of Illinois at Chicago. 



.lason Chang of Glenview was 
selected to present and compete in 
the Junior Science and Humanities 
Symposium held at Loyola University 
in Chicago. Chang presented Cloning 
and Characterization of a Novel NLS 
Receptor, hnportin Alpha 4. from 
Caenorhahditis elegans. He was named 
one of six finalists in the regional 
competition and was invited to attend 
the national symposium in California. 

A team of students captured first place 
in overall points (Division A and B) 
in this year's national Mandelbrot 
Competition. More than 100 schools 
from the U.S. and several foreign 
countries participated. 

Four students were among 1 70 
nationally who qualified to lake the 
USA Mathematical Olympiad 
(USAMO). IMSA had the second 
highest number of qualifying students 
in the nation. 

IMSA placed first in the nation on 
this year's American High School Math 
Exam; 5,071 high schools took the exam. 

Four projects by students received 
superior ratings at the 1 3th Annual Illinois 
History Exposition. The video Fencing 
the Dream by Kathleen King of St. 
Charles. Lisa Kelly of Libertyville 
and Heather Ferguson of Yorkville, 
qualified for National History 
Day competition. 

A group of four students qualified 
to compete in the 25th annual Future 
Problem Solving Program International 
Conference. The students advanced to 



national competition by winning a first 
place award at the 1999 Illinois Future 
Problem Solving Bowl State Conference. 

Jennifer Leung of South Barrington 
received the 1999 Elizabeth Glaser 
Pediatric AIDS Foundation Student Intern 
Award. This summer she conducted 
research at the Children's Memorial 
Hospital in the Department of Pediatrics. 
Microbiology-Immunology. 

Invited Class of 2002 

IMSA invited 220 Illinois students 
from diverse backgrounds to enroll this 
fall as members of its 14th sophomore 
class. Chosen from 655 applicants, the 
invited class represented 168 schools 
throughout the state. The average SAT 
mathematics and verbal scores for the 
students are 650 and 595 respectively. 

The IMSA Alumni Association held 
its annual meeting May 8 in conjunction 
with the Charter Class of 1989 10- Year 
Reunion. Chris Sedlack "92 was elected 
to a two-year tenn as Association presi- 
dent. The Class of 1994 held its 5-year 
reunion June 26. 

Teachers Win GTE Award 

Science teacher Dr. John Eggebrecht 
and mathematics teacher Susan Yates 
won a $12,000 grant from the GTE 
Corporation's Growth Initiatives for 
Teachers (GIFT) program. The GIFT 
grant provides $5,000 for professional 
development for the winning teachers 
as well as $7,000 for a school 
enrichment project. 




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Speaker Dennis Hastert Calls on 
Computer-Savvy IMSA Student 

\ 1 \ / hen Speaker of the House J. 
— / — / Dennis Hastert wanted to make 



a better impression in cyberspace, he 
didn't call a New York City public 
relations firm. He called IMSA senior 
Jonathan Berger. 

Berger worked in the Speaker's 
Washington. D.C. office this summer as 
an unpaid intern to restyle his website. 
Berger recently made the headlines of 
the Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill 
which read: Computer whiz kid. 16, 
revamps Hastert' s Web site. In the story. 
Hastert Legislative Director Bill Koetzle 
was quoted as saying "He's really good 
at it... Very very good." 

Berger used mostly HTML coding 
to redesign Speaker Hastert's website, 
which he first learned while attending 
IMSA's Summer'AD'Ventures program, 
before he became an IMSA student. 

"I prefer to work with raw HTML 
code because, while this takes more 
work, I believe it produces more clean, 
efficient, and precise web pages," 
Berger said. 




Working under the guidance 
of Koetzle, Berger focused on 
improving the consistency, content, 
appearance and navigational tools 
of the Speaker's website. 

"From the first page, there are 
links to four major areas which 
serve as hubs to a total of 22 pages," 
Berger said. 
"Because I 
designed the 
site for easy 
and quick 
access, only 
two clicks 
are required 
for a user to 
reach any page within the site." 

Berger also improved the site's appear- 
ance. "I scanned many photographs to 
make pages visually pleasing and added 
standard features on every page including 
a navigation bar. title, title graphics, color 
coordination and footer." Berger said. 
"Consistency helps the user navigate, find 
information quickly and use the site to its 
full potential." 



Berger said that working in 
Washington, D.C. was "exciting" 
and that "importance was in the 
air" as he walked alongside other 
government employees on the 
way to work. 
Although he said working with Speaker 
Ha.stert's staff was "icing on the cake" 
don't expect him to take up a career in 
politics too soon. "While I enjoy comput- 
ers, finding practical ways to apply 
technology is my ultimate goal. Politics, 
medicine, business, and law are all 
possibilities." he said. 



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